This Day in Failure: July 5

2008: After starting their inaugural season at 0-17, the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream earn their first victory in franchise history, defeating the Chicago Sky, 91-84. The win also ends the longest losing streak to start a season in league history.

2004: Eric Gagne, closer for the Los Angeles Dodgers, sees his major league-record streak of 84 consecutive saves come to an end when he blows a 5-3 lead in a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He had not blown a save since August 26, 2002.

2000: Eight bengal tigers (including seven rare white tigers), die after being administered Bernyl (a drug prescribed for trypanosomiasis, a.k.a. sleeping sickness) at Nandankanan Zoo in India. After a total of 12 tigers perish, the zoo announces that the animals died from eating contaminated meat.

1958: An American climbing team reaches the summit of Gasherbrum I (Hidden Peak)—at 26,469 ft./8,068 m the 11th-highest mountain in the world—yet the achievement goes virtually unnoticed in the United States. An inside-page wire service account in the New York Times understates the mountain’s height by 2,000 feet and fails to note that this is the first 8,000-meter peak climbed by Americans.

1942: Earl M. “Lucky” Teter, the first famous automobile-jumping daredevil in the U.S., drives a Plymouth sedan off a ramp at the Indianapolis State Fair in an attempt to clear a semi-trailer transport truck. Teter comes up short of the requisite 150 feet and is crushed when he crashes into the landing ramp supports, pronounced dead before arriving at the hospital. The jump was scheduled to be the final jump of his career (or at least until the end of World War II)—and the final performance of his show, Lucky Teter and his Hell Drivers.